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#10125 of 11433 Re: . [fintail]
Jan 23, 2013 (12:04 pm)
Cash for Clunkers claimed numerous W126, I just hope they were heaps.
When a car was turned in under the Cash for Clunkers program they put a silica concoction into the crankcase and ran the engine until it seized. I wouldn't do something that messed up to the worst of cars, much less a Mercedes, and much much less my Mercedes.
#10126 of 11433 Re: . [bhill2]
Jan 23, 2013 (12:33 pm)
I like to think the old MB claimed in that experiment were at least stripped of useful parts and went on to keep other cars going. But knowing the feds...
#10127 of 11433 Re: . [fintail]
Jan 23, 2013 (12:51 pm)
Knowing the feds, it was probably a pristine W126 that would put cars in the Concours d'Elegance to shame. Good God, killing a car like that is like euthanizing a beloved and perfectly healthy pet. I've had bad dreams about something happening to my 1989 Cadillac Brougham and waking up with tears in my eyes. Deliberately murdering a beautiful car with that concoction would probably give me a heart attack.
Jan 23, 2013 (12:59 pm)
Nah, remember the incentives weren't that big. Would have to be less than the (perceived) value of the car.
#10129 of 11433 Re: . [lemko]
Jan 23, 2013 (1:06 pm)
I think the credit would be like $3500 or $4500. Those values for the guzzlers that would have qualified would keep out the best cars - although maybe some fairly decent ones would have been included, esp if trade in values were used. It's a shame to lose old quality material like that, but at the same time, those turning in the cars probably hadn't cared for them in a long time, and deferred maintenance can easily exceed the value of the car. I still see plenty on the road, anyway - so not all was lost.
Jan 23, 2013 (1:39 pm)
Killed a lot of donor/parts cars.
#10131 of 11433 Re: . [ateixeira]
Jan 23, 2013 (2:47 pm)
I was thinking there was a period when parts could be harvested before sent to scrap. So maybe the good stuff got saved anyway.
Jan 23, 2013 (2:49 pm)
When we were thinking about clunking our minivan, I was ready to rip out the radio and some other interior bits. From what I recall, mostly the trade-in had to make it onto the lot under its own power.
Jan 23, 2013 (4:20 pm)
Hope so, it is that odd piece of trim that'll keep you from finishing a restoration.